Forest & Nature Lab

 Forest & Nature Lab



The Forest & Nature Lab (ForNaLab) consists of about 30 staff members and is headed by Prof. dr. ir. Kris Verheyen. The research group is part of the department of Forest and Water Management, and member of the Natural Capital research theme of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium.


Research mission

The Forest & Nature Lab aims at understanding the interactions between the ecological processes, composition, and structure of terrestrial ecosystems, with a clear link to management and policy. The lab investigates forest and grassland ecosystems in temperate regions, focusing on:

 1. The link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

 2. The impact of global changes on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Using these insights, the lab also works on developing:

 3. Guidelines for ecological restoration

 4. Management strategies for the optimal delivery of multiple ecosystem services.




News and Events

    • 17/02/2017: Friday 17th of February, a UGent climate forest of 2.5 ha will be planted in Melle, Belgium. This climate forest will be an open air laboratory and will be part of the global network TreeDivNet. Read the UGent press release (in Dutch) here.
    • 21/11/2016: Today the UGent coordinated a press release on our research in Dovrefjell, Norway, on adaptation of plants to climate change. It has been published by several news websites: De Morgen, Metro & HLN.
    • 26/08/2016: Op vrijdag 26 augustus geeft professor Pieter De Frenne zijn inaugurele les: "klimaatverandering en planten: vloek of zegen?". Gelieve voor 22 augustus in te schrijven
    • 27/05/2016: Op vrijdag 27 mei geeft professor Lander Baeten zijn inaugurele les: "biodiversiteit, van kapitaal belang". Gelieve voor 23 mei in te schrijven 

      For more appearances of our lab in the media, go to ForNaLab in the media.

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